We have a routine. It’s not anything that we set out to create but one was created anyway. I don’t know where it came from but it happens nearly every night. Generally by the time I have come into his room mommy is just finishing her prayers with him. He says, “I love you mom,” she says, “I love you too;” and then walks out. At that point it becomes my turn.
I generally start out by saying, “Hi Son;” and then we move into our routine. It starts with crossing off the day on his calendar. As I put the pen back in his drawer he gets back underneath his covers and waits for us to have our nightly talk. We talk about the day . . . what happened in school and whether or not he picked out his clothes for the next day. I ask him if his teacher read any stories that day and somehow we wind up talking about animals. I then pray with him. I speak a blessing over him (like I do with each of our children) and then we do our special send off.
The special send off goes like this: First, we flex the muscles in our arms and pretend to be the hulk (sounds and all). Secondly, we bump our fists together and say, “cheers.” Finally we make a swooshing sound as our hands come a part. I give him a kiss on the nose and that’s it. At least I thought it was. But then he changed everything on me just last week. He said, “dad, can you sing me a song?” He’s never done this before and completely caught me off guard. I didn’t know what to do. It was almost like every single song just escaped my mind.
Finally, I remembered a song I used to sing to him when he was a little guy. It goes like this: “You are my Trystan, my only Trystan. You make me happy when skies are grey. You never know son, how much i love you. Daddy loves you, yes i do.”
After I was done he said, “thanks dad,” and i told him he was welcome. To this day I don’t have a clue why he asked me to sing a song that night and he hasn’t since (idk, if that means it was terrible or what). But I can say I was honored to do it. I can say it was definitely something where I didntseethatcomin.